The Season 3 premiere spotlights female comedians, including stand-ups Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers, and such sitcom stars as Lucille Ball, Marla Gibbs, Mary Tyler Moore and Betty White. Also: Carol Burnett shares stories of her variety show. Included: remarks from Margaret Cho and Tina Fey.
Recalling the prime-time soaps of the 1970s and '80s, including "Dallas," "Dynasty" and "Knots Landing," as well as their antecedent "Peyton Place" (1964-69). Included: details about the "Who Shot J.R.?" episode of "Dallas"; stories about the personalities who helped shape the shows. Among the notables interviewed: Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman of "Dallas"; Diahann Carroll, Joan Collins, Linda Evans of "Dynasty"; Michele Lee, Donna Mills and Joan Van Ark of "Knots Landing."
Remembering the superhero TV shows of bygone eras, including "Superman" (1950s); "Batman" (1960s); "Wonder Woman" and "The Incredible Hulk" (1970s); and "The Greatest American Hero" (1980). Included: remarks from Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar of "Batman"; Lynda Carter of "Wonder Woman"; Lou Ferrigno of "The Incredible Hulk"; and William Katt and Robert Culp of "The Greatest American Hero."
The Season 3 finale focuses on miniseries, including "Roots," "Rich Man, Poor Man" and "The Thorn Birds." "Roots" is remembered by LeVar Burton, Louis Gossett Jr., Leslie Uggams, Ben Vereen, John Amos, Georg Stanford Brown and Ed Asner; "Rich Man, Poor Man" by Peter Strauss and Susan Blakely; and "The Thorn Birds" by Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown.
Carol Burnett's TV comedy career is highlighted. Also: other funny ladies of yesteryear who helped open the door for today's TV comedy queens.